A new study by the London School of Economics of 3,500 British married couples disputes the Conservative argument that working women advance the probability of divorce in families.
As working women have tried to tell men for decades: it all comes down to housework.
The research, Men’s Unpaid Work and Divorce: Reassessing Specialisation and Trade, was carried out by Wendy Sigle-Rushton, one of several UK academics comprising the Gender Equality Network (GeNet), part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Priority Network Programme. Findings are published in the latest edition of Feminist Economics. via LSE website
Economists have spent much time making the case that working women promote divorce, without discussing or analyzing the role of men in the marriage. The new research indicates that men’s contribution to housework stabilizes marriages, whether or not the wife works outside the